archive: Re: SETI A hair-brained idea

Re: SETI A hair-brained idea

Daniel Boyd Fox ( foxd@indiana.edu )
Fri, 18 Sep 1998 09:25:42 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 17 Sep 1998, Colin Crook wrote:

> Hey people,
> I have another hair brained idea.
> Ok first,light is a form of radiation.So are radio waves.Now if a telescope
> can magnafify light 400x,couldn't it also do the same with radio waves?You
> could focus your telescope on a star,put your reciver at the eye piece,and
> get a signal 400x more powerful!If this would work,it would cost less than
> a dish,and take up less space.So,would it work?
>

No.

A telescope has much more light gathering and focusing ability than the
human eye, but both human eyes and optical telescopes have very little
microwave gathering and focusing capabilities.

73,
Daniel Fox
KF9ET